The Best Time to Go to Indonesia
Indonesia by Seasons
With its tropical climate, Indonesia is hot and humid all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 30°C. Most visitors come in the dry season, avoiding the rains, but the wet season does offer some attractions of its own, not least the lower prices. To help you decide when to travel, we’ve split the year into its two seasons:
April to October
After the rains, the sun shines and the whole country opens up to visitors once again. Bali and Lombok, both swathed in bright blue skies and wonderfully warm weather, are very popular throughout this season. June is a great time to come, just before European holidays hit and the beaches fill with families. Or try September and October, when the holidays are over and the sands are empty once more.
Independence Day: on 17th August join the festivities, watch the arts performances and wave your Indonesian flag to celebrate the anniversary of Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands in 1945.
Islamic New Year: also called Muharram, the date of this holiday varies considerably, but it is celebrated all over with prayers, mosque visits, parades and singing.
November to March
In November, the rains come to much of the country, although in Bali they arrive a little later. Temperatures hover around 30°C, and humidity levels are high, so breezy coastal areas are best for cooling off. This is a great time to tour the temples and highlands, as both will be cooler and more peaceful than in the dry season, and the interior rice terraces and forests are a riot of life and colour.
Chinese New Year: in January or February, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia with present giving, bright decorations and plenty of eating, plus cleaning the house from top to toe.
Balinese day of Silence: also known as Hari Raya Nyepi and held in March, this festival marks Hindu New Year. It’s a noisy time to visit – people run through towns with painted faces, effigies are burned and there’s plenty of partying. The following day, silence descends for a period of self-reflection.